I’ve never been to Waitarere Beach. I’ve driven past the road leading to the beach many times and have always meant to visit but never found the time. Our week in Levin meant we had time.
The beach is a short drive north of Levin and about a 7 kilometer drive east of State Highway One. You drive through typical undulating New Zealand farmland before arriving at the small quirky beach community. Then suddenly the road simply becomes the beach. If you are left in any doubt a sign at the start of the sand says simply “This beach is a road” and from there you are free to drive north or south as far as you want.
The beach stretches for miles in both directions. It is littered with driftwood, tree trunks and there are small streams flowing across the beach at regular intervals. Jean says Waitarere is otherworldy and it seems an apt description.